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Over 600 to graduate from Clayton State

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Clayton State University will hold its spring commencement ceremonies Saturday at 9 a.m., and 12 p.m., at the school's Athletics and Fitness Center. The late state Sen. Terrell Starr (D-Forest Park), and retired state Rep. William "Bill" Lee (D-Forest Park) will receive honorary doctoral degrees during the noon ceremony. It will be the final Clayton State commencement ceremony overseen by university President Thomas K. Harden, who will leave Clayton State at the end of the month. The university expects 628 students will graduate during the ceremonies. Call (678) 466-4000 for more details.

Riverdale Elementary School and the Riverdale Police Department will co-host a domestic violence symposium, called "Encouraging Healthy Relationships," Saturday from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., at the school, located at 6630 Camp Street, Riverdale. Class topics during the symposium include money management, teen dating, legal aid, mortgage counseling and anger management. The event will conclude with participants releasing butterflies to represent victims of domestic violence. Call (770) 909-5416 for more details.

Notes

The U.S. Air Force recently announced Airman 1st Class Thomas E. Davis, a 2006 graduate of Jonesboro High School, graduated from an eight-week basic military training course at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. During his training, Davis studied military discipline, Air Force core values, and basic warfare principles and skills. In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Davis is the son of Jonesboro residents Thomas and Joyce Davis.

The U.S. Air Force recently announced Airman Brandon D. Marshall, a 2008 graduate of Lovejoy High School, graduated from an eight-week basic military training course at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. During his training, Marshall studied military discipline, Air Force core values, and basic warfare principles and skills. In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Marshall is the son of Jonesboro resident Ervin Marshall.

The U.S. Army recently announced Pvt. Turiya N. Duke, a 2004 graduate of Forest Park High School, has graduated from a nine-week basic combat training course at Fort Jackson, in Columbia, S.C. During her training, Duke studied basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare, rifle marksmanship, map reading, field tactics, the military justice system, and basic first aid. Duke is the daughter of New York City resident Joseph F. Muriel and Morrow resident Alfreda Duke.

Ongoing

The Clayton County Public Library system offers many services to students, including tutoring programs for those who speak either English or Spanish, and online practice tests and electronic test preparation books for the SAT, GED, ASVAB, and TOEFFL exams. Visit the Clayton County Library web site at www.claytonpl.org for more details.

School Notebook is a regular feature of the Clayton News Daily compiled by staff writer Curt Yeomans. He can be reached at cyeomans@news-daily.com.